WASHINGTON: It will be remembered as a great moment in the presidency of Donald J. Trump. A moment of Trump’s moral clarity on patriotic display. A week that returned the last American prisoners from NoKo and saw President stand up to Iran.
While welcoming three Americans home that, until recently, were prisoners of the communist North Korean regime, the president said,
“I think our Secretary of State [Michael Pompeo], despite the fact that the New York Times said he was missing – he was in North Korea – but I think our Secretary of State has done a fantastic job.”
Then Trump turned to Secretary Pompeo,
“Mike, did you know you were missing?” asked Trump. Turning back to the press, the president said, “They [the New York Times] couldn’t find him because he was in North Korea.”
The New York Times vs. reality
Mr. Trump was referring to the hysterical article that appeared in the nation’s “newspaper of record” after he announced the United States will withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the “Iran nuclear deal.”
According to the Times:
“The absence of Mr. Pompeo and other top State Department officials left perplexed European diplomats privately complaining that they were having trouble getting answers from Washington. Senior State Department officials were momentarily speechless on Tuesday when asked why Mr. Pompeo did not delay his trip by a day to be in Washington during Mr. Trump’s Iran deal announcement. Mr. Pompeo left for Pyongyang on Monday night.”
It’s clear the Times operates under the delusion that former President Obama is still in charge. Trump has abandoned Obama’s “lead from behind” policies when dealing with our so-called European allies.
An America first president and secretary of state
Trump does not serve the interests of French or British diplomats. He serves the interests of the American people. Secretary of State Pompeo, likewise, is not at the beck and call of these European worthies but serves at the pleasure of the President of the United States.
You may recall that when North Korea threatened to fire nuclear weapons at the U.S. Pacific territory Guam, Trump said he would unleash “fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.” And in a clear slap at past Republican and Democratic administrations, Trump added that “the era of strategic patience with the North Korea regime has failed. That patience is over.”
A worried Max Fisher, again of the New York Times, wrote,
“Social media filled with nervous jokes and at times outright panic over whether Mr. Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, could bluster their way into unintended nuclear war. Some posted maps showing what the blast areas of a nuclear strike in Washington or New York might look like. Others asked whether it was time to build a bomb shelter.”
The Times, a mouthpiece for the prevailing left-wing eco-chamber of American culture, sees no moral difference between North Korea’s crazed little dictator and the duly-elected representative of the American people, President Trump.
Both are, to use the left’s well-worn Cold War metaphor, “two scorpions in a bottle.”
All Trump did is state the obvious: if a nuclear-armed belligerent should ever unleash all or a portion of its nuclear arsenal on America and her citizens, we will annihilate them.
In fact, Trump made that same point while announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, calling a potential Iranian nuclear bomb “a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime.”
Trump’s moral clarity
What feeds the Times’ Trump Derangement Syndrome is the president’s moral clarity as conveyed by his actions: North Korea and partner China bad, U.S. and the free people of South Korea good. Terrorist Iran and its genocidal ally Hezbollah bad, the U.S. and the free people of Israel good.
A worthless piece of paper
Think of today’s proponents of the Iran nuclear deal as the embodiment of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, clutching in his hand the 1938 Anglo-German Agreement, least the slightest gust of wind carries the worthless document away.
“Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine. My good friends, for a second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time.”
Back in Berlin, a cynical Hitler assured his worried Foreign Minister von Ribbentrop,
“Oh, don’t take it so seriously. That piece of paper is of no further significance whatever.”
Part of the Munich Agreement involved the secret ceding by Britain and her allies of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany. Likewise, the wrongheaded nuclear agreement with Iran fuels it’s economic, political and military influence over the Middle East, at the expense of our Arab allies and Israel.
“Enemy of the American people”
Trump’s moral clarity shows there is real evil afoot in this world and that America is its greatest foe. And the inability of leftist organs like the New York Times to recognize this reality is why President Trump equates the mainstream media with the hostage-taking likes of “rocket man” Kim Jong-un; correctly noting they are “not my enemy but the enemy of the American people.”
Top Image: President Trump looks to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo as he welcomes
three Americans home from North Korean captivity. Fox News screen capture.